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Dawn News is a Pakistani Urdu language news channel headquartered in Karachi and owned by Dawn Media Group. The news outlet is a part of Pakistan Herald Publications Limited, Pakistan’s largest English-language media group.

After some successful signal testing on May 25, 2007, Dawn hit the waves on July 23, 2007. It at its onset was meant to broadcast in English, the channel however, on May 15, 2010, transformed into an all-news Urdu language service.

Meager viewership in Pakistan – a home to large population but quite thin to watch English news – and insufficient funds were the reason for the conversion after successful testing of four hours a day in initial weeks.

Express 24/7 came in as a successor and replacement for the channel but got silent when Express Media Group was faced with finances and low bid rate put by advertisers.

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The test transmissions of the dawn were initiated by Pervez Musharraf, the military dictator and President of the country at that time. Dawn’s launch would coincidentally concur with the bale and clearance of that time suspended Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who was thwarted by General Musharraf. At the beginning, the channel was headquartered in Haroon House but later relocated to West Wharf, Karachi in the head office of Pakistan Herald Publications Limited aka PHPL.

History of the Dawn News

Pakistan’s founder Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in somewhere in 1940’s launched Dawn making it the oldest English news daily of the country. It got launched as Pakistan’s maiden English news and current affairs service to offers its viewership a medium that is credible, responsible and balanced at the same time. It holds news bureaus in Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Peshawar and Islamabad with its main studios and offices located in Karachi. Major studio facilities are also located in Islamabad and Lahore. An extensive and well managed human resource coupled with state-of-the-art technology, DSNG’s: Digital Satellite News Gathering and BGANs: Broadband Global Area Networks provide the pioneer media outlet the capacity to serve its audiences in and outside the country. The live transmissions from far-fetched areas is also made easy through the cutting-edge facilities.

Dawn signed on air on July 23, 2007 and in a very short period of time has transitioned into a main player on the national news media scene. It felt the need and public demand for an Urdu news service and not so good reception of the English news service in mainstream electronic media of the country which was still developing. Consequently, the channel introduced a 3-hour Urdu transmission in the lineup of its English service, the airtime was furthered to twelve hours before the service was eventually shut down formally on May 15, 2010 to officially launch the Urdu language news channel.

Big Stories Broken

Big stories broken at the Dawn include assassination and assassin footage of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, survival of only raider Ajmal Kasab during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as a Pakistani national, exclusive coverage of Lal Masjid operation in Islamabad and coverage of lawyers’ movement and anti-insurgent operations in tribal belt of the country. General Elections in 2008 was another highlighted event in the history of Dawn as the channel beat out its competitors most of the time despite the shortage of news resource and reporters.

Audiences of the channel is mostly Urban but a considerable share also comes from the rural population. It currently holds news-sharing agreement with global satellite news service including Sky News, Al Jazeera, BBC, ABC and BBC World News. Foreign viewership in United States, Middle East, Europe and Africa can watch the Dawn news live streaming online.


PTV World News and Indus News, Dunya News, Express News and Geo News among others are the key competitors faced by the station.

Dawn News Programs List

  • Raid
  • Awam ki Baat
  • NewsEye
  • 9 Do 11
  • Faisla Awam Ka
  • Bhais Baadal Ke
  • Qaum Ka Sense
  • Hoshiyaar
  • Khabrain
  • Mano ya Na Mano
  • Ye Hai Zindagi
  • Jaiza
  • Doosra Rukh
  • Bakhbaar 5
  • Chai Toast Aur Host
  • News Wise
  • Do Raaye
  • Bol Bol Pakistan


Watch Dawn News Steam Live for latest local, national, regional (Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Iran) and international news in Urdu. Sports, weather updates, entertainment and tech news, talk shows, blogs, videos, images and lot of other stuff can be watched online.

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